Instead of a key, this type of lock system requires a numerical code to grant entry to a facility or property. The code is punched in by users via a numerical pad, similar to those on a basic calculator. If the correct code is entered, the door lock or deadbolt should release. Some mechanisms require batteries or a small electrical current in order to unlock.
Some keypad locks have an integrated security feature that keeps the door locked for a set amount of time (usually 10 to 15 minutes) after several incorrect attempts to enter the code.
Benefits of Keypad Locks
There are many benefits to choosing this type of keyless lock over conventional locking mechanisms.
Convenience of a Keyless System
The biggest advantage is convenience. It eliminates the necessity of keys. There’s no need to carry them around, keep track of copies and spares, or change locks when a key is stolen or misplaced. Children, guests and service providers can be given their own code or a temporary code, rather than a key.
Keypad locks have a different hardware design than other types of locks. They don’t have cylinder mechanisms, so they essentially cannot be picked or bumped like conventional locks. This keeps the building more secure.
Instead of risking losing keys and having to rekey or change out the lock. With a keypad system, it’s easy to change the security pin code whenever necessary.
Traditional keys and locks wear down over time; it becomes more difficult to get it to turn and function properly. Keypads are much more durable than conventional locks. A high-quality lock and keypad device should last longer with standard hardware.
Many property owners think that if they want to install a keypad lock, they’ll have to make major adjustments to door or frames. That’s not true. In most cases, keypad locks can be easily installed on standard doors, just like any standard lock. Mechanical and battery-powered keypad locks are available which don’t require connection to a power source.